"Building community healthcare systems to achieve children's health in Burkina Faso, West Africa"

Nonprofit organization based in St. Louis, Missouri, and Burkina Faso

In Remembrance of Michael Riddering

Friday, January 15th, American missionary Michael Riddering was killed in a café in Ougadougou, Burkina Faso. Riddering worked with Les Ailes de Refuge, an orphanage operating in Yako and run by Sheltering Wings. While at a coffee shop with his colleague, Pastor Valentin, the shop was attacked by militants pretending to be members of Al Qaeda. Pastor Valentin was ultimately rescued by security forces, but Mike did not survive.

Who we are

Small RAIN is a 501(c)(3) organization based in the United States and operating in Burkina Faso. We are authorized by the Burkinabé government, and supported with the help of people from Burkina Faso and St. Louis, Missouri, Washington D.C., Austin, Chicago, and more.


For a few pennies or dollars, you can save a child’s life from the three most life threatening diseases in Burkina Faso: Malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia. To cover a person under the Community Health Worker system is only $6.56 per year. It costs $50 a month per health worker for supplies such as medicine and bandages.  It costs only $1,700 to train and equip a community healthcare worker.